[cayugabirds-l] Crow and Harrier

2021-11-27 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Around midday today I pulled over somewhere east of Aurora to watch a Northern Harrier eating something in the middle of a field, with an American Crow standing about ten feet away. Nothing too unusual so far. Presently a second Northern Harrier approaching from afar, and when it got closer, guess

Re: [cayugabirds-l] More loon migration

2021-11-24 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Bill Evans made similar observations on Facebook yesterday: 11/23, 8:43am: Huge flotilla of 800+ loons aborted southbound flight due to lake effect snow and are headed back toward Cayuga Lake over 96b valley in Danby. 11/23 10:07am: Follow up: As the dense lake effect band moved south of Danby

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club Meeting

2021-11-09 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
If you missed last night's webinar on female songsters, a recording is available here (until next month's meeting): https://tinyurl.com/cbc-2021-11-Odom For those asking for a list of North American birds with known female songs, see Appendix Table 5 in this Auk article from 2018:

[cayugabirds-l] Saturday Beginner Bird Walks at Sapsucker Woods

2021-09-26 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
The Cayuga Bird Club will be restarting beginner bird walks at Sapsucker Woods, every Saturday starting at 8:30am, beginning with this coming Saturday, October 2. The Visitor Center will be closed October 2, but will be open from 10am-4pm starting the following Saturday, October 9. These walks are

[cayugabirds-l] Bell Station Auction canceled!

2021-09-24 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Governor Secures Agreement with NYSEG to Cancel Planned Auction of 470-Acre Bell Station Landing Parcel https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/during-climate-week-governor-hochul-announces-agreement-secure-future-protection-largest Thanks to all who helped make this happen! Suan -- Cayugabirds-L

[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club Webinar recording

2021-09-17 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
FYI, the recording from Monday's Cayuga Bird Club webinar - "Northern Cardinal Urban Ecology" by Dan Baldassarre, is available here: https://tinyurl.com/cbc2021baldassarre The recording will be available until next month's webinar. Suan -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] FLLT Bell Station Webpage

2021-09-09 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
The FLLT just put up this webpage about the Bell Station issue: https://www.fllt.org/savebellstation If you haven't already, signing this change.org petition ( https://chng.it/yQdP6g8PyT ) is something you can do quickly; there are plans for the NYS senator and assemblyperson to send the list

[cayugabirds-l] Bell Station In Lansing Up For Auction

2021-08-31 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Towards the northwest corner of the Town of Lansing is a parcel of lakeshore property known as Bell Station, located between Nut Ridge Road and the former Cayuga Operating Company Power Plant. This approximately-471-acre parcel, owned by New York State Electric and Gas Co. (NYSEG), remains mostly

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cedar waxwings fly catching?

2021-08-15 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
I've seen waxwings passing fruit among themselves in the spring several times, but was luck to capture this photo once of a pair exchanging crabapples: https://www.instagram.com/p/CQmq_i-tfWo/ Suan On Fri, Aug 13, 2021 at 9:24 PM Richard Guthrie wrote: > The Stokes' on Cedar Waxwings passing

[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: Golden Eagle Dryden

2021-07-22 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Forwarding a Golden Eagle sighting in Dryden, see below, in case anyone in the area wants to look up. Suan -- Forwarded message - From: Kevin Jones Date: Thu, Jul 22, 2021 at 6:16 PM Subject: Golden Eagle Dryden Hello Kevin and Susan: We have not met but I am reaching out to

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fields being mowed.

2021-06-20 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
On Sun, Jun 20, 2021 at 6:38 PM Nancy Cusumano wrote: > I have been thinking about this too. And to me the issue is, what is in it > for the farmer? If we are going to ask them to cut their fields up to go > around nesting sites, is the bird conservation issue enough for them? What > is the

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fields being mowed.

2021-06-20 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Thanks, Dave. As Cayuga Bird Club I've been wondering what, if anything, we could do about the situation. One dimension would be outreach and education and increasing general awareness, for which CAC chair Jody has stepped up to solicit volunteers, thanks! But I'd also toyed with a pipedream idea

[cayugabirds-l] Taughannock Peregrines

2021-06-20 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Two Thursdays ago (June 10) I happened to be up in T'burg, so stopped by to check out the Taughannock Peregrines. I found three nestlings in their eyrie playing with their food and flapping their wings as if ready to fledge. Two days later, on Saturday June 12, I ran across Mark Chao and Miyoku in

[cayugabirds-l] Binocular eyepiece covers

2021-06-15 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
If you lost your binocular eyepiece covers at Myers Park (at last night's Cayuga Bird Club picnic), let me know. Suan PS. It was fun seeings nests of both Baltimore and Orchard Orioles, but the Red-Headed Woodpecker did not show, though a couple of Red-Bellied Woodpeckers did hang out high above

[cayugabirds-l] Lindsay Parson Pileated nest cavity

2021-06-13 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Earlier in the spring I had spied a Pileated Woodpecker entering a nest cavity near Celia's Cup at Lindsay-Parsons. Last weekend I got a chance to revisit the hole, and got video of three feeding sessions: https://youtu.be/9bPgYmgk7q0 I debated whether to share its location, but sorta

[cayugabirds-l] Big Atlas Weekend June 25-27

2021-06-11 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
FMI: https://ebird.org/atlasny/news/big-atlas-weekend-june-25-27 -- Forwarded message - The New York State Atlas team is planning an exciting new event for this June: the first-ever Big Atlas Weekend

[cayugabirds-l] YB Cuckoo

2021-06-09 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Just heard the repeated single calls of a yellow-billed cuckoo outside my home / office. Coupled with the BBCU from last month, that's both cuckoos as new yard birds for me this season! Again, once I got outside it stopped calling and could not be found. Is it just me, or have the black-billed

[cayugabirds-l] YT Vireo, Sw Thrush

2021-05-28 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
A yellow-throated vireo, new yard bird for me, is singing outside my house right now. A couple days ago, while walking around the six-mile creek area, I heard a Swainson's Thrush singing from some hemlocks, my first time hearing this song in the area (I'd only ever heard it in the pacific

[cayugabirds-l] Jeff Well's presentation

2021-05-11 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
A recording of Jeff Well's presentation last night for the Cayuga Bird Club meeting, "The Biggest Bird Conservation Story You’ve Never Heard - the Boreal Forest of North America", is now available here: https://tinyurl.com/cbc2021jeffwells The links he provided at the end of his talk is also

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Orange Crowned @ Hawthorn

2021-05-07 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
As pointed out by several people, I meant of course Orange-Crowned Warbler. That's what happens when trying to type on your phone while walking down the recway, I guess. (Hard to blame auto-correct for this one, though.) Meanwhile, it's interesting that the OCWA did not fire off an ebird alert as

[cayugabirds-l] Zoom Social Tomorrow

2021-05-02 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Hi all, This is a reminder that the Cayuga Bird Club will have a Zoom Social Hour tomorrow (Monday) at 7:30pm, to informally socialize and chat about sightings or anything else. Register in advance here: https://tinyurl.com/cbc202105social Suan -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] GBH fishing show

2021-04-25 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Along the Montezuma wildlife drive yesterday morning, I was most captivated by the fishing show put on by the Great Blue Herons. Here's one of many video clips I took (the rest I probably won't have time to edit til -- who knows when?):

[cayugabirds-l] Pine Warbler

2021-04-25 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Just had a surprise new yard bird: a pine warbler checking out my small garden bed right outside my picture window not five feet away, here in Commonland by Six-Mile Creek. The view out that window is towards a grove of pines and spruces, from which trills are frequently heard, but which I'd

[cayugabirds-l] Lo. Waterthrush @ Six-Mile Creek

2021-04-08 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Louisiana Waterthrush is back singing here along Six-Mile Creek upstream from the second dam reservoir. Also here is a Winter Wren singing for at least a few days if not weeks, who I was finally able to see. Suan -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[cayugabirds-l] Snow Goose Takeoff Protocol

2021-04-06 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
So during last month's Snow Goose gathering at Cayuga Lake State Park, I took a number of videos, and this one in particular showing the explosive takeoffs, repeated in slow motion, I found particularly interesting: https://youtu.be/3hRIJEPQ7qM When the geese on the far side first take off,

[cayugabirds-l] Zoom Social Hour

2021-04-03 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Join us Monday, April 5, at 7:30pm for the Cayuga Bird Club's monthly Zoom social hour, as we chat informally about birds, sightings, and anything else we want to talk about. All are welcome. Register at: https://tinyurl.com/cbc202104social Suan -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Lo. Waterthrush? @ Mulholland

2021-04-01 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
In my evening jog around Mulholland Wildflower Preserve, I saw a songbird foraging under the waterfall opposite the creek at the inner loop trail. I didn't have binoculars, so could only make out brown upperparts and light underparts, showing almost white at one point. I couldn't make out any

Re:[cayugabirds-l] A song ID quiz

2021-03-26 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
On Fri, Mar 26, 2021 at 12:13 PM Suan Hsi Yong wrote: > > This song was heard in a nearby yard here at Commonland, near the > woods of the Six-Mile Creek natural area. Can you identify the singer? > > https://www.facebook.com/suan.yong/videos/10226149699586952 Answer:

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Merlin reports

2021-03-26 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
FWIW, last weekend while driving up the lake, I spied a brownish falcon hunting the field immediately south of the King Ferry winery. When I pulled over to check it out it flew away to the east and I could never get a binoculared look to ID it, but I think it was a merlin. Suan -- Cayugabirds-L

[cayugabirds-l] A song ID quiz

2021-03-26 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
This song was heard in a nearby yard here at Commonland, near the woods of the Six-Mile Creek natural area. Can you identify the singer? https://www.facebook.com/suan.yong/videos/10226149699586952 I'll post the answer in a day or two after giving people a chance to guess. Suan PS, if you

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Yesterday's Snow Geese

2021-03-23 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
I meant Cayuga Lake State Park (in Seneca Falls), not Seneca Lake State Park (where a handful of snow geese have been residing year round). Suan On Mon, Mar 22, 2021 at 11:21 PM Suan Hsi Yong wrote: > > Yesterday afternoon the snow geese hung out on the shore of some > houses betwe

[cayugabirds-l] Field Trip this coming Sunday

2021-03-22 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
This coming Sunday, March 28, I will be leading a Cayuga Bird Club field trip. We will meet at Stewart Park, east end, at 8:00 am. Please register in advance with me (suan.y...@gmail.com). There is a limit of six cars. We will drive up the east shore of the lake, stopping at various points

[cayugabirds-l] Yesterday's Snow Geese

2021-03-22 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Yesterday afternoon the snow geese hung out on the shore of some houses between Seneca Lake State Park and Wolffy's. Many visitors got to see them, though parking on lawns became a problem which prompted the police to come by to remind people to stay off private property. I was there a couple

[cayugabirds-l] 50 Robins

2021-02-15 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Just had at least 50 American Robins fly into the trees outside my window here in Commonland on East Hill / Six-Mile Creek. They hung out in the trees for about a minute before flying off. 50 is a conservative lower-bound count of what I could see. When they departed, there were small waves flying

[cayugabirds-l] Field Birds

2021-02-08 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
With the sunny weather I decided to take the afternoon off and drive around north of Lansing looking for field birds. With the high snow depth they were pretty easy to encounter, foraging by roadsides and flushing on approach. Those wanting to look for them, just drive slowly along any of the

[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club Zoom Social Monday 7:30pm

2021-01-30 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
The Cayuga Bird Club will be having its monthly Zoom Social Hour this Monday (February 1) at 7:30pm. This is an informal get-together to see each other and share our sightings or chat about anything we want. All are welcome. Register ahead of time at https://tinyurl.com/cbc202102social Thanks.

[cayugabirds-l] Invitation to participate in perceptual expertise study

2021-01-11 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Hi all, Last month I was contacted by Jim Tanaka, a professor in the Cognition and Brain Sciences program in the Psychology Department at the University of Victoria. His research focuses on visual expertise and perceptual experts, and he is currently working on a project to compare the

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Dryden Lake may be in danger

2021-01-11 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Has this been reported in any of the local presses? That might be a good place to start increasing awareness. More generally, I'm not finding any web presence at all describing this issue with any authority. Are the homeowners along the lakeshore and nearby aware of this? They would seem most

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Future of Lott Farm & Basin Upland Sandpipers?

2021-01-10 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
As Cayuga Bird Club president, I'll bring this up for discussion at our next executive committee meeting. It sounds like engaging with the Lotts might be a good first step. Meanwhile, if anyone wants to play an active role in pursuing this further, perhaps with the backing of the bird club, let me

[cayugabirds-l] Hoster-Stahl Gyrfalcon Video

2020-12-20 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Yesterday morning I drove up to Hoster Road through the most beautiful hoary landscape, arrived to see the gyrfalcon fly from the northernmost rock pile to the lone tree east of Hoster Road, as close to the bird as I'd yet gotten. It eventually took off and flew around back to the eastern edge of

[cayugabirds-l] CBC Zoom Social Hour

2020-12-04 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Starting next week, on the first Monday of each month, Cayuga Bird Club will be hosting a Zoom Social Hour. This will be a Zoom meeting where everyone can speak, see each other's faces and just chat informally. Please join us for our first social hour on December 7 at 7:30 pm. Register:

[cayugabirds-l] Sunday Sandhill Cranes

2020-12-02 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Here's a video I took of the Sandhill Cranes from the Montezuma Visitor Center last Sunday morning (some of you will have seen this on Facebook): https://youtu.be/U8kAPslmkWE Suan -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[cayugabirds-l] Shackham Red Crossbills

2020-11-23 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Here's a video I took on Saturday of the red crossbill flock at the corner of Shackham and Morgan Hill Roads. https://youtu.be/HJ3KyhCsoxQ Suan -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: Dryden Lake dam removal

2020-11-21 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Hi all, -- Begin Forwarded message - This is a head’s up that the Dryden Conservation Board is considering removing the dam at Dryden Lake. It’s leaking and needs to be repaired/replaced. Somebody said they should just take it out and “free the rivers,” and it’s being considered.

Re: [cayugabirds-l] LOON MIGRATION ALERT

2020-11-12 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
At Taughannock this morning 11 loon watchers showed up without prior arrangement. I arrived just before sunrise (6:53am): 6:53-7:08 : 10 southbound 1 northbound 10 on water 7:08-7:23 : 56 southbound 5 northbound 7:23-7:38 : 9 southbound 1 northbound 11 on water 7:38-7:53 : 7 southbound 1

[cayugabirds-l] Cooper's Hawk

2020-10-09 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
On my evening jog I came upon a Cooper's Hawk in the middle of Terrace View Drive. I initially felt bad when I flushed it carrying a prey to a nearby tree, but soon a car came by which would no doubt have flushed it anyways. Must have been just freshly caught. Prey looked dark and biggish, likely

[cayugabirds-l] GH Owl Singing

2020-10-05 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
A Great Horned Owl was singing this evening at Six-Mile Creek, repeating the classic sequence of hoots starting around 7pm from the hills south of the second dam reservoir. Let the courting begin, I suppose. Suan -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

Re: [cayugabirds-l] 62293329826__69A47249-B827-47B1-B6A0-0AE4740529C1.jpeg

2020-09-27 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
On Sun, Sep 27, 2020 at 5:04 PM Jgaffne2 wrote: > > Can anyone help me with this one? Raptor with a facial disk like an owl but clearly not an owl: that would be the Northern Harrier. Suan -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Phalarope off Stewart Park

2020-09-14 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Pat Martin wrote: > Did you see it well enough to ID it to species? No, I'm not too unfamiliar with their fall plumage, or with distinguishing them in general, honestly. Checking Sibley's now, the thing that made me think peep was the stripe down its wings during flight, which looks like

[cayugabirds-l] Spring Bird Videos

2020-07-14 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
So this spring I started dabbling in the annoyingly time-consuming art of bird videos instead of just photos. I've uploaded a selection to this YouTube playlist. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL82kt6INyDLjPuX_6Xyw4IvAk3PbiWBv- Suan -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Magnolia Cuckoos @ Park South

2020-07-05 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Somehow I hadn't visited Park Preserve this spring, so I went this morning around 8am, not as early as I'd hoped. I was halfway surprised that the parking lot was empty, but figured everyone probably stayed up late for fireworks or whatever. Magnolia Warblers seemed to be singing from all

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Migratory Bird Teaty Act

2020-06-16 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Lynn Bergmeyer wrote: > I'm all for leaving the nest alone is best. I do have a question though. > I thought house finches were non native? > House finches are native to the west, and were introduced to the east where they have established themselves. Since they're still a native of North

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Shindagin "Bittern"

2020-06-07 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Videos from Shindagin Hollow yesterday: Canada Warbler: https://youtu.be/GPuy91ZZhts Mourning Warbler: https://youtu.be/gxwW9fmE_kk The mourning warbler was singing an interesting song ending with a loud "chap chap chap", reminiscent (to me) of Northern Waterthrush. Suan -- Cayugabirds-L

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Murder most Fowl - Saturday 5/30

2020-06-01 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Would any local facility be willing to do a necropsy if someone were willing to retrieve the bodies? Suan On Mon, Jun 1, 2020 at 8:29 AM Gary Kohlenberg wrote: > Thanks John and Sue, > > What would the likelihood of botulism be in your opinion? The issues MNWR > had were some years ago and I

[cayugabirds-l] Lockdown Birding

2020-05-30 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Hi all, For the Cayuga Bird Club's next newsletter, I thought it might be interesting to collect people's perspectives on birding during the lockdown (and during the strange weather we've had in May). A short paragraph or even a single sentence per person could be interesting. Anything is

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Hawthorn, with Sound ID Question

2020-05-19 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
A few people were curious to know which bird made the repeated "mip" call from Hawthorn Orchard I recorded and posted last week: http://suan-yong.com/sound/2020-05-15-hawthorn-mips-3.wav Although some have suggested merlin and sharp-shinned, which both definitely do a form of that repetition

[cayugabirds-l] OOB Cayuta Bittern (etc)

2020-05-16 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Decided to drive down to Greensprings and Arnot Forest this morning (pretending SFO was still happening, I guess). The upper part had the usual suspects (Bobolink, Blackburnian, Ovenbirds too shy to pose for video, Towhees, Black-Throated Greens and Blues, Black and White). At the bottom, things

[cayugabirds-l] Hawthorn, with Sound ID Question

2020-05-15 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Walked to the hawthorns and back this morning. Quickly heard and saw a male scarlet tanager en route on Honness Lane, and later had two in the same tree along the recway. On a couple occasions they flew to the trunk of the tree and perched briefly woodpecker style -- too briefly for photos, alas.

[cayugabirds-l] Mixed Flock

2020-05-12 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Had my first warbler flock of the season this morning down in Six-Mile Creek, where I don't often go for warblers (because looking up from the bottom of a gorge makes warbler necking that much worse, and because I'd never encountered too many warbler migrants before). The songs included buzzers

[cayugabirds-l] Hairy Woodpeckers

2020-05-10 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
So last week I found a Hairy Woodpecker nest hole here in Commonland. It wasn't hard two find, as a pair was constantly and noisily squabbling around it. I got some video which I put together and posted on Facebook, link below. Although some of the behavior is quite clear, others are ambiguous,

[cayugabirds-l] Veery

2020-05-05 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
FOY veery in the woods here by Six-Mile Creek, hopping around silently checking out the large tree that fell over the winter, allowing for a great unbinoculared view of its spotless front and reddish upperparts. Also FOY for me Yellow Warbler down near the second dam. Suan -- Cayugabirds-L List

[cayugabirds-l] Ovenbird, etc

2020-05-01 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Yesterday while jogging before the storm, I flushed a small bird in the woods which looked to have the orange crown of an ovenbird, but couldn't be sure without binoculars. It was near another small bird on the ground pumping its tail, which I assumed was a Louisiana waterthrush. This morning I

[cayugabirds-l] Of Unleashed Dogs and Waterthrushes

2020-04-26 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Despite the drenching rain today, I did my daily jog. Around the trails of six-mile creek I passed two groups with dogs. The first dog came a-leapin' at my thigh, against my wish. The owners said their sorries as they feigned to tend its leash. The second dog, also unleashed, was sniffing as it

[cayugabirds-l] Blue-Headed Vireo

2020-04-24 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Just heard a blue-headed vireo singing quite loudly outside my window. New yard bird for me, and I guess also office bird (lots of new office birds for me this past month :-). A couple days ago I had a pretty close encounter with a blue-headed vireo while jogging the

[cayugabirds-l] Bald Eagle @ Second Dam

2020-04-21 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Highlight of my evening jog today (through a bit of every seasons, it seems) was an adult bald eagle flying across the second dam reservoir of six-mile creek, my first sighting of this species there. Meanwhile, "my" Louisiana Waterthrushes upstream from the second dam have been reliably singing

[cayugabirds-l] Share Your Stories (or Poetry, etc.)

2020-04-14 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Greetings, Since I took over editorship of the Cayuga Bird Club newsletter last fall, the job has largely been on auto-pilot, with plenty of club project and trip reports to fill the pages. For the coming issue(s), however, I anticipate having plenty of space to fill, and am welcoming

[cayugabirds-l] Red-Winged Blackbird busking?

2020-04-03 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Yesterday morning at the Arboretum, one of the Red-Winged Blackbirds was following each songspread with some begging chips and flutters: https://www.facebook.com/suan.yong/videos/10222776117489508/ Confused young'un? Suan -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Fox Sparrow @ Arboretum

2020-04-02 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
This morning, while photographing blackbird songs (sic) at the arboretum (with Marie), a curious whistling song persisted from behind, which I eventually tracked down as coming from a Fox Sparrow. Couldn't get close enough to get a video, alas. Suan -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Snow Goose island, FOY Sandhill Cranes

2020-03-05 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Took the afternoon off hoping to find the snow geese at Mucklands, but en route I found a/the massive snow goose island between Dean's Cove and Aurora, so I parked at Dean's Cove hoping to see and video a full eruption which never came to pass, just a couple of "minor tremors". Starting around 4pm

Re: [cayugabirds-l] There male redwings, Mon West Danby area also

2020-02-20 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Anne Clark wrote: > We had actual females back in a marsh near Binghamton/Endicott as early as > February. Usually females did not show up until late march. I don’t mean > nest, just be seen in flocks and maybe visit the marsh. > Will all second-year males have "turned" by February, or could

[cayugabirds-l] GIAC merlins are back

2020-02-17 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
This morning around 9:45, two merlins were calling and interacting in the GIAC field. When I arrived, bird A was calling from the nest tree. Then bird B called from a tree north of the parking lot, and flew to the nest tree where it displaced bird A who flew to an adjacent leafless tree. Not long

[cayugabirds-l] SSW Hermit Thrush (I assume)

2020-01-19 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
This morning there was a Hermit Thrush at Sherwood Platform, hanging out with two Song Sparrows and some Juncos and Chickadees. It grabbed a few berries from the short tree over the corner of the platform (basically right above me) before flying off. I assume it's a hermit thrush from seasonal

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Kestrels & Merlins on the Ithaca Christmas Bird Count

2020-01-04 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
On Sat, Jan 4, 2020 at 12:02 PM Dave Nutter wrote: > Hi All, > > Those of you who are Cayuga Bird Club members may have seen an article in > January’s newsletter that was based on my quick report (below) about the > Ithaca Christmas Bird Count compilation on the evening of January first. I >

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Loon Watch

2019-11-10 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Correction: period five should be: 7:35-7:50: 8 southbound, 3 northbound Suan On Sun, Nov 10, 2019 at 8:06 PM Suan Hsi Yong wrote: > For my first Loon Watch at Taughannock this morning, I had no idea what > turnout to expect. 0 seemed an understandable likelihood. Instead, about 20 &g

[cayugabirds-l] Loon Watch

2019-11-10 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
For my first Loon Watch at Taughannock this morning, I had no idea what turnout to expect. 0 seemed an understandable likelihood. Instead, about 20 people showed up, including some "civilians" who saw this announced in the Ithaca Times calendar. Air temp was around freezing, winds were moderate

[cayugabirds-l] SSW grouse and eagle?

2019-09-21 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
During this morning's beginner bird walk around Sapsucker Woods, we flushed a Ruffed Grouse from near "the" giant poison ivy vine. I think this is my first grouse at SSW. Later from Sherwood Platform we heard a couple yelps of a bald eagle coming from the west, though we did not see anything in

[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park Eagle Show

2019-09-14 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
For this morning's Stewart Park bird walk, I wasn't expecting to see much given the strong south winds overnight and line of rain early, and sure enough, the waterfowl and warbler variety was lacking and nonexistent, respectively (just mallards and canada geese and a distant common merganser). But

[cayugabirds-l] Volunteer at Lab of O

2019-08-23 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Forwarding some Lab announcements I figured would be of interest to local birders... --- Volunteer at the Lab of O Share your love of birds by becoming a volunteer at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology! Volunteers guide our behind-the-scenes building tours, lead youth and family programs, table

[cayugabirds-l] More Merlin Videos

2019-07-27 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Some videos taken of the fledgling Merlins from Thursday morning: Did this young Merlin eat its own feathers? https://www.facebook.com/suan.yong/videos/10220301374582482/ Two young Merlins: https://www.facebook.com/suan.yong/videos/10220301505025743/ Merlin fledglings preening and calling:

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Merlin nest GIAC

2019-07-25 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
On Thu, Jul 25, 2019 at 7:20 AM John Confer wrote: > Hi Suan, > >Thanks for posting that. > >Mammals are rarely captured by Merlin, but not never. Adults often > remove the tail and head before they bring it to nestlings. That has been a > frustration when I tried to identify prey, which

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Merlin nest GIAC

2019-07-23 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Stopped by GIAC this evening, one merlin (couldn't tell if parent or young) was perched visibly until my attention caused it to hop behind some branches. They can definitely tell who's paying attention and who isn't, like the few dozen parents watching the ongoing basketball game. Anyhow, last

[cayugabirds-l] Field Trip Saturday: Connecticut Hill

2019-06-06 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Hi All, There will be a CBC field trip this Saturday to Connecticut Hill, co-led by Dave Gislason and myself. Meet at either the Wegman's parking lot at 7:30am (towards the southwest corner by the water) or at 8am at the corners of Connecticut Hill, Boylan, and Lloyd Starks Roads. We plan to

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bird survey from Boise State

2019-05-29 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
On Fri, May 24, 2019 at 4:21 PM Nancy Cusumano wrote: > On birding and bird conservation. Takes a few minutes but worth it. > > > https://boisestate.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8B4hsye6hIsgSkl?fbclid=IwAR0ZijtTTttv2Xx0yT7UhnQEGc3SXbFcvDEsUPNb_ETUBchz8p7QUiIQfJQ > For anyone who saw the survey

[cayugabirds-l] Nighthawk @ Commonland

2019-05-22 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Just heard a Common Nighthawk buzzing over the woods south of my house in Commonland, over Six-Mile Creek, offering only a brief unbinoculared look at a small dot moving across the cloudy sky. Suan -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[cayugabirds-l] Purple Martins on Cayuga Lake (south end)

2019-05-21 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
>From about 2-3:30pm I was windsurfing from East Shore going west to the piling cluster located about 1/2 mile north of the lighthouse jetties. In that vicinity were several swallows, mostly barn, foraging on the water. I soon noticed that some seemed overweight and dark underneath, and soon found

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Crow relationship .... Union Springs

2019-05-13 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Re allopreening: strangely I have only ever observed this among some critically endangered Bali Myna at the Hong Kong Aviary: http://suan-yong.com/hong-kong.php?s=Aviary=21442 What I found more fascinating than the allopreening was that the bird on the left had the muscular dexterity to lift

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Hawthorn - not Phila V

2019-05-04 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
In case anyone is wondering, photo review of my possible philadelphia vireo turned out to be a northern parula. Suan On Sat, May 4, 2019 at 9:48 AM Suan Yong wrote: > Brief stop at Hawthorn this morning found the trees hopping with Wilson, > blue wing, chestnut, Nashville; poss vireo sweep

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Woodcock/Owl Crawl Saturday Evening

2019-04-14 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Our group went to Dodge Road, where the woodcocks started later than when I scouted, but with enough light to be easily seen. After a few skydances, those with muck boots and binoculars took a few steps into the muddy field where I was able to get my spotlight on the bird on the ground. The

[cayugabirds-l] Thermal Woodcocks

2019-04-10 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Continuing with woodcock week: while scouting for this weekend's field trip, I got the following thermal infrared footage of woodcock courtship and, I believe, mating, followed by a celebratory skydance. Same video on both facebook and youtube (quality may differ between the platforms, not sure):

[cayugabirds-l] Sunday's Woodcock

2019-04-10 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Thanks to Mark's precise description, I found the woodcock on Sunday and got some videos: https://www.facebook.com/suan.yong/videos/10219404525921826 Suan -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] Lesser-Heard Sounds of Spring

2019-03-26 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Sunday afternoon I sat at Stewart Park looking out at the relative low bird count. Of interest were two American Wigeons foraging "somewhat" close (I was hoping they'd get closer for better photos, though they never did), and 11 Northern Pintails flying back and forth trying to decide whether to

[cayugabirds-l] Raptorous morning

2019-03-21 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
On my jog to work from Commonland this morning I passed under two different Cooper's Hawks perched high on trees about 100 yards apart. I took the opportunity trying to tease out any nuances of the surrounding calls of Downy Woodpeckers and Carolina Wrens, filing them under "probable alarm calls".

[cayugabirds-l] Hurd Road Barred Owl

2019-03-02 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
While driving westward down Hurd Road towards Ellis Hollow Road, I was surprised to see a Barred Owl up on a tree next to the road, easily identifiable with the naked eye while driving. After I pulled over and exited the car, it flew deeper into the woods, though it perched for some time in a spot

[cayugabirds-l] Second-hand report of possible Lewis's Woodpecker

2019-02-01 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
A non-expert-birder friend thought he saw a Lewis's Woodpecker in the little grove of woods near the inlet, across 13A from Glenside, at 2:30pm this afternoon, fussing around the bottom of the trees. Details are scant, and probably a longshot, but I figure I'd post it in case anyone feels like

[cayugabirds-l] Renwick Half-Hardies

2018-12-15 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
A stroll through Renwick Wildwoods today found a yellow-bellied sapsucker, gray catbird, and belted kingfisher among more seasonal birds: brown creeper, northern flicker, golden-crowned kinglet, red-bellied and downy woodpeckers. Suan -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Field Trip Saturday, 6pm

2018-11-02 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
The Cayuga Bird Club is hosting an owling field trip tomorrow (Saturday) from 6-10pm to look and listen for area owls. Co-led by Bob McGuire with his audio playback expertise, and me with my thermal infrared camera, we will meet at the lab parking lot and carpool to various spots heading

[cayugabirds-l] SSW Rusty Blackbirds, etc

2018-10-21 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Good variety of birds for this morning's SSW bird walk in the weather that soon turned to sleet. The clumps of ash seeds were hosting flocks of Rusty Blackbirds and Purple Finches (up to ten within a single binocular view) along the Wilson Trail north, just south of Owen's Platform. On the pond

[cayugabirds-l] Nighthawk video from yesterday

2018-09-20 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Here's a video I took yesterday (Wednesday) during lunch at Sherwood Platform, Sapsucker Woods, of the Common Nighthawk: https://www.facebook.com/suan.yong/videos/10217783338833162/?l=8661839843050610780 It shifted positions several times, and each time it did so it would sway back and forth,

[cayugabirds-l] Photos of Lawrence's Warbler, Logan Hill, 2 weeks ago

2018-05-28 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Finally got around to posting photos of the Lawrence's Warbler (Blue x Golden -Winged Warbler) from Logan Hill two weeks ago (13 May 2018), embedded in this eBird checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45628519 Also from that visit was this eye-level video of a singing Ovenbird:

[cayugabirds-l] Field Trip This Saturday 8am Stewart Park

2018-02-22 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Hi all, Two days ago I was rollerblading in shorts and T-shirt. Today I'm jogging through an inch of fresh snow. What will the birds make of all this? Let's find out together on a Cayuga Bird Club field trip around the lake: Saturday, February 24, 2018 8:00am - 4:00pm (end time is

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